Sunday, May 8, 2016

Burma-Myanmar: As conflict reignites, Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) claims gains at Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) army’s expense

A Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) soldier in Kyaukme Township, at the frontline of conflict with the Shan State Army-South in February. (Photo: Lawi Weng / The Irrawaddy)

Fighting broke out this week at eight separate locations in northern Shan State, pitting the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) against the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S), with the TNLA reclaiming army bases from SSA-S troops, according to a statement from the former on Thursday. The locations of the hostilities were spread across the adjacent townships of Mongton, Namkham and Kyaukme.

The two ethnic armed groups have been engaged in conflict over territory in northern Shan State since late last year, after the SSA-S signed the so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement with the previous government. The TNLA, which was not allowed to sign the accord, has accused the Burma Army of lending logistical support and protection to the SSA-S—a charge the SSA-S has consistently denied.

According to the statement, the TNLA launched its recent offensive in order to drive out SSA-S troops who had come to “invade their [ethnic Ta’ang, also known as Palaung] lands” and cause difficulties for their people.

The TNLA and SSA-S are the armed wings of the Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF) and the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), respectively.

The News:
http://www.irrawaddy … n-armys-expense.html



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